to my garden in the winter? How do they stay warm? These are great questions
and I have some tips on how to create an inviting area for the birds in your
in the winter? Some migrate and some stay in your area year-round. For
those birds that stay in your area you have a great opportunity to create an
inviting place for the birds to come and you get some great colorful entertainment.
birds to my garden in the winter? Three things will attract birds: food, water,
and shelter. Winter is cold and birds need food to stay warm. If you feed the
birds in the winter be prepared to commit to the season. Once birds find a
reliable source of food they continue to come back. I feed my birds seed and suet. If you live in
areas where ponds, lakes, or bird baths freeze put out fresh clean water that
mimics a puddle. Birds also need shelter. You can purchase Winter roosting boxes
or make your own. A good illustrated book is Birdhouses and Feeders with directions on making 30 different birdhouses, bird feeders, roosting boxes and nesting houses. I
have bird houses and plenty of thick evergreens that the birds live in.
winter. I have nine different varieties of birds that come to my deck. I
also have squirrels. I love the squirrels and I feed them as well. I know a lot
of people try to keep the squirrels out of their bird food but it is a losing
battle so just embrace the little furballs. They are playful and fun to watch!
I mix squirrel food with my bird food and serve it up and they eat together in
This allows multiple birds to visit my feeding area at once. I have had at the
most 12 birds at one time. Blue Jays, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Chickadees , Nuthatches,
Wrens, Juncos, and Titmouse all hanging out feeding together.
food I will put out more food. I have ground feeders like Dark Eyed Juncos, Wrens
and squirrels cleaning up the seeds that fall from the railing.
To prepare for the nesting season in the spring start collecting pine needles, twigs, scraps of yarn, and wool. Store in a paperbag or cardboard box in a dry area. In a later post I will show you how to turn those suet feeders into nesting material stations for the birds.
Meanwhile now is the perfect time to start Planning a Spring Garden
birds this winter season?
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